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Tracy Burton

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  • Tracy Burton
  • Emergency Nurse Practitioner, Craigavon Area Hospital

My name is Tracey Burton and I am an Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP). I work in Craigavon Area Hospital  as part of a team of five ENPs and one Health Care Assistant.  I also rotate to the stand alone Minor Injury Unit within the Trust.

Career Milestones

I commenced my training in 1994 as an adult nurse. I have worked in various posts ranging from Staff Nurse in the Emergency Department Craigavon in 1997 to Lead Nurse in Emergency Care in the Northern Trust in 2009.  

Specialist Qualifications and experience

I have been successful in attaining various courses including

  • Minor Injury course (shortened)  
  • Specialist Practice in Emergency Care,
  • Post grad diploma in Nurse Prescribing
  • MSc in Advanced Nursing Practice.

As a result of my  MSC studies I have undertaken and published a piece of research in the Advanced Journal of Nursing on the Role of the Acute Nurse Practitioner in Northern Ireland. During Practice Development school I was introduced to the principles of Action Learning.

The combination of these courses and my emergency nursing experience have facilitated me to become a confident and experienced ENP and I look forward to the role and scope of the ENP developing and extending over the next few years.   

Enjoyable aspects of the role/job.

I have always loved the challenge of emergency care nursing and have been very fortunate to work with some of the very best medical, nursing, allied health professionals and support staff across the region. The autonomy and scope of the role enhances patient care delivery ensuring an efficient person centred professional service.  For the practitioner the role has a high level of job satisfaction and as an ENP the team see and treat patients presenting with:

  • burns
  • fractures
  • lacerations
  • foreign body in situ
  • musculoskeletal and sports injuries
  • minor illness 

What attracted you to this job? 

From the range of posts I have undertaken I have learned that you should never continue in a job you don’t enjoy.  If you are happy in what you are doing you will have inner peace and you as Jonny Carson quotes,

you will have had more success that you could possibly have imagined”.  

The role also involves a mentoring and coaching function to other members of the emergency department team including medical students and new nursing staff.  The ENPs within the Trust meet  as a group for learning sessions which enhances opportunities for continuous professional development.  This supports  reflective practice and is an opportunity to learn from practice supported by colleagues.  During these sessions the senior medical staff are also involved in delivering clinical updates and addressing learning needs and new developments for the service.  This contributes and fulfils NMC revalidation requirements and portfolio development.

Advice for those considering this type of job/role

Like every work role there are tough times, but then there are people who inspire me and I am privileged to work in an Emergency Department where team work is paramount and where all members of the team strive to deliver an efficient and high quality service.  I will never regret going into the field of Emergency Nursing and as Rumi quotes,

Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart”.

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